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Old 02-06-10, 07:57 PM   #1
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Aldi's

This store is awesome.
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German chain that has come to the US, and yeah, I agree for the most part. Their meats stink, though. (Other than the smoked pork chops)

For canned goods and dry goods, though, they can't be beat.
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When they first came to town, they were indeed awesome. Now, not so much. Before they stocked only the basics at an extremely affordable price. Now they are offering way too much, and raised the prices.
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I just learned how to shop at Aldi a few weeks ago, but what fascinates me is how economically efficient it is.

I drive in and notice something: no carts are left in the parking lot, preventing me from parking my car. You pay $.25 to use a cart, then get it back upon return -- brilliant! Normally, a store has to dispose of the boxes and pay people to do so. At Aldi the customer disposes of the boxes for them because Aldi charges for bags

My mom works at the company who provides Aldi with their frozen seafood product, she claims that Aldi is very stringent with the quality of the product. I'll shop here as a matter of general principle
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When they first came to town, they were indeed awesome. Now, not so much. Before they stocked only the basics at an extremely affordable price. Now they are offering way too much, and raised the prices.
Yup, we shopped there for a good while then noticed the same, we havn't shopped there for a good while.
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Yup, we shopped there for a good while then noticed the same, we havn't shopped there for a good while.
Same here. Although... their bread is awesome, and the prices on that aren't bad. Great place to stop to get fixings for lunch while on a road trip.
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I just learned how to shop at Aldi a few weeks ago, but what fascinates me is how economically efficient it is.

I drive in and notice something: no carts are left in the parking lot, preventing me from parking my car. You pay $.25 to use a cart, then get it back upon return -- brilliant! Normally, a store has to dispose of the boxes and pay people to do so. At Aldi the customer disposes of the boxes for them because Aldi charges for bags

My mom works at the company who provides Aldi with their frozen seafood product, she claims that Aldi is very stringent with the quality of the product. I'll shop here as a matter of general principle
Ever notice their private label packaged stuff? There are UPC's on basically every side of a box, making the scan out process a lot more efficient. Which is a good thing. When they came to town, they opened one store to test the market. Then they expanded, and I believe they were hiring cashiers (who apparently are all potential management staff) for roughly twice the minimum wage.

They are a bare bones operation, with good inventory. They don't have the value added things that a bunch of people nowadays insist upon. No pharmacy, bakery, deli, photo lab, or real floral department, nor do they have video rental. You have to sack/box your own stuff. They aren't going to help little old ladies load up the car. Last time I went, only cash and debit cards were accepted, credit cards were not allowed.
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The Aldi brothers need to bring their business to S. California so that Tesco/ Fresh and Easy can go back to England.
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Several years ago, when I had a bigger hand in the grocerying for the family, I was all over Aldi's; now, I get in there about 1x/year.

When the time comes, and I'm back in the biz of grocery shopping, I'll be back in there....
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Most of their product is good, some great. Their quality has gone up over the last few years.
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Their smoked beef sausage is awesome fried..... the big one, like polish sausage. Lots of their stuff is good, some isn't. Doesn't take long to know what to buy there.
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I love Aldi's

Only place around here you can get real German/Austrian or Italian products. I have no idea if the stuff is as good as what they eat in Europe, but it sure makes a nice change of pace in the middle of Ohio.

Some of the best chocolate bars I have ever had came from Aldi.
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I just learned how to shop at Aldi a few weeks ago, but what fascinates me is how economically efficient it is.

I drive in and notice something: no carts are left in the parking lot, preventing me from parking my car. You pay $.25 to use a cart, then get it back upon return -- brilliant! Normally, a store has to dispose of the boxes and pay people to do so. At Aldi the customer disposes of the boxes for them because Aldi charges for bags

My mom works at the company who provides Aldi with their frozen seafood product, she claims that Aldi is very stringent with the quality of the product. I'll shop here as a matter of general principle
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The Aldi brothers need to bring their business to S. California so that Tesco/ Fresh and Easy can go back to England.
I don't think Aldis sells tofu burgers and alfalfa sprouts.
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German chain that has come to the US, and yeah, I agree for the most part. Their meats stink, though. (Other than the smoked pork chops)

For canned goods and dry goods, though, they can't be beat.
At least around here I think their meats are very tasty. Good pork and beef. My wife, however, does not like me to buy it there because it most likely comes from factory farms that use a lot of antibiotics. We have a local slaughter house that sells grass-fed beef, but it costs more. She prefers I buy meat there.

I like Aldi's produce and frozen foods sections.
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I don't think Aldis sells tofu burgers and alfalfa sprouts.
I don't all Fresh and Easy stores sell them either. The company doesn't target areas where they would be bought.
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They have a whole wheat white vread that is great.
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When they first came to town, they were indeed awesome. Now, not so much. Before they stocked only the basics at an extremely affordable price. Now they are offering way too much, and raised the prices.
A year ago I made a spreadsheet of ~30 of [my] regular grocery items and went to the four main grocery stores (Aldi's, Walmart, and two midwest chain stores) in town to record and compare. I did this in part because my employment situation was more precarious than it is now. This is one area where Walmart is most definitely not worth the bother. Only about half of the items on my list were unavailable at Aldi's (or I did not like their offerings). But for those that were available, Aldi's was ~30% cheaper on average.

Aldi's is building a new large facility. I will have to update my cost comparison before and after they move.
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some real losers go to aldi and take with them bags from poncy supermarkets so their neighbours won't see them carrying Aldi bags.
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None in Texas. It seems to follow the pattern of most of granola grocers down here though.
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some real losers go to aldi and take with them bags from poncy supermarkets so their neighbours won't see them carrying Aldi bags.
I have bags from all three of the stores and a few no name bags (Aldi, Tops and Wegmans). I use them interchangeably at all of the stores.

For me Aldi excels at being my main stop for "core goods." For Milk, eggs, bread, sandwich topings, etc it is superb. The selection is limited, but most of it is excellent. The produce is hit or miss. I go to Aldi 1st and load up and all the veggies that I need that look good, and only after that will I hit the more expensive stores if I need something specific for a recipy. What I also love to hear is that they pay their staff here a MINIMUM of $11.25 an hour. I love to know that the staff gets more than minimum wage. Since they run the stores with a minimum of staff you quickly get to know them all. As a side bonus, the small store layout means that I can get all my main goods in about 10 minutes.

I also love my European treats. Aldi regularly has Dutch style Spekulaas (wind mill cookies to most Americans), they have suppliers in Belgium, Holland Germany, and they are always excellent... just as good as when I am back in Holland. Just about anything I've ever had from their Deuche Kuchen brand has been superb. I don't know how they do it. They get a lot of their stuff from the land of expensive labor (i.e. Germany), yet the stuff is reasonably priced AND it tasts great.

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i'll tell you how they do it. they do it on lower margins. the big supermarkets always claim price rises are not their fault, yet they operrate on such healthy margins. it isn't about cost. it is about margins. that is why prices go up. greed not cost.
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None in Texas. It seems to follow the pattern of most of granola grocers down here though.
They are coming to Texas soon. I met a family recently where the husband was here in St. Louis training to be a manager in a store somewhere in the DFW area when it opens this spring. They left last week to return to Texas.
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Hold on a second. I grew up in Iowa and at least as far back as the 70's and 80's there was a super-discount grocery chain there called Aldi's. Is this the same animal? Because they did not have good stuff; only the cheapest processed stuff money could buy. And I would not have said there was a European flair to the place. More like a Deliverance flair.

Have they gone through a make-over or something? One actually moved to my town a year or so ago, but I have not bothered to go.

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I just learned how to shop at Aldi a few weeks ago, but what fascinates me is how economically efficient it is.

I drive in and notice something: no carts are left in the parking lot, preventing me from parking my car. You pay $.25 to use a cart, then get it back upon return -- brilliant! Normally, a store has to dispose of the boxes and pay people to do so. At Aldi the customer disposes of the boxes for them because Aldi charges for bags

My mom works at the company who provides Aldi with their frozen seafood product, she claims that Aldi is very stringent with the quality of the product. I'll shop here as a matter of general principle
Actually it's a standard practice in Germany. At least to all the stores I have been to while bumming around those parts. Also you bag your own groceries.
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